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years, DEWA intends to undertake additional projects to meet the remaining deficit, including the addition of 5000 MW at new sites at Al Habab power facility.
Other avenues being explored to satisfy demand include the possibility of importing electricity: in April 2007 Dubai and Iran signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that could see Iran supply Dubai with electricity via a 180-kilometre (110-mile) underwater cable.
Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) has earmarked Dh4 billion for the Hamriyah power and water project to assist in catering to the spiralling demand for these utilities due to economic and industrial development in the emirate. In May, SEWA commissioned the third and fourth units with combined capacity of 200 MW at Hamriyah power station. The new projects increased power-generating capacity to 2382 MW during the summer. SEWA also commenced operations at two new power-generating units with combined capacity of 80 MW at Wasit Power Station in August 2007, boosting total capacity at the Station to 960 MW.
In addition, SEWA announced plans later in 2007 to expand a 400 MW power plant to 2580 MW by 2014 to meet demand, which it claims is surging as much as 9 per cent annually.
FEWA is planning to construct additional desalination plants in the Northern Emirates in an overall shift towards desalination dependence.
The fast developing Northern Emirates are also set to see an increase in water supply in the next few years as the Federal Electricity and Water Authority (FEWA), the utility body for Ajman, Ra’s al-Khaimah, Fujairah and Umm al-Qaiwain, is planning to construct major desalination plants in the region in an overall shift towards desalination dependence. These include a 6 MIGD desalination plant in Ajman, which will cost about Dh80 million.
A plant that will produce 10 MIGD, with an additional expansion capacity of 20 MIGD, is being considered for Ra’s al-Khaimah. A smaller Dh40 million facility has been set up in Fujairah, giving the emirate access to an additional 3 MIGD.